A Weird Little Book, Entertaining with Insects

A while back, a friend told me about this book and I found a copy on the internet.  The book in Entertaining with Insects and is written by Ronald L Taylor and Barbara J Carter.  At the time the book arrived, I was busy with other things and the book got set aside.

The other day it came to my attention and I have now spent some time looking at it.  The book points out that insects have been consumed by many different cultures for 1000’s of years.  Insects are highly nutritious being very rich in fat and protein.

This book contains a variety of recipes for cooking insects ranging from maggots to mealworms.  As well as recipes, the book includes some instruction on how to collect them.

Now I know that many of you are saying I wouldn’t eat them.  But the truth is that you eat insect’s everyday and don’t know it.  The FDA even has an allowable limit on the amount of insect material that can be in your food.

Here is a link to a previous article I wrote. Eating Insects, it shows the amounts of insect parts that can be in various food products as well as a list of edible ones.

Here is an example of an insect recipe.


Beetle Sausage

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • I tablespoon each water and flour mixed
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, minced
  • ½ cup spinach, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mealworms, finally chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients except oil.  Heat the oil in a skillet.  Drop the mixture in hot oil to form patties about 4 inches in diameter.  Brown on both sides, adding more oil if necessary.  Serve while hot.


The book also contains recipes for earthworms. From the reading that I have been doing on earthworms, they appear to be fairly easy to farm.  They produce a lot of protein from a small area.  They feed on waste and you can even grow them in your basement or bunker.  That could be good operational secrecy, plus even if your neighbors found them they would probably turn up their nose at them.



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